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thank you. thank you. thank you. supreme decision. confirmation hearings begin today for supreme court nominee elana kagan. campground chaos. a deadly storm rips through a campsite in eastern michigan. and help wanted. out of work boat captains along the gulf say they're still being ignored by bp. this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, june 28, 2010. good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. elana kagan is likely to be confirmed as this country's next supreme court justice but she will face stiff republican opposition. confirmation hearings begin today. opponents are sure to focus on her lack of judicial experience
and liberal political background. tara mergener is in washington with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. questioning starts tomorrow but today will be dominated by the committee's opening statements. republicans appear increasingly doubtful elana kagan has what it takes to sit on the nation's highest court. >> i think her nomination has real problems. >> i think some of her views are quite troubling. >> reporter: worried she'll bring a liberal agenda to the bench, they plan to grill her on a host of issues, among them her role at harvard law school. as dean she barred military recruiteders from campus because she accused to the pentagon's don't ask, don't tell policy. >> this policy at harvard about not allowing military recruiters to come to the law school will be problematic for most americans. >> reporter: kagan will have to convince lawmakers she's qualified, even though she's nerve served as a judge. democrats strongly believe kagan's reported will win her
confirmation as 112th justice and only the fourth woman ever to serve on the supreme court. along with her duties at harvard she served as a white house aide and lawyer in the clinton administration. >> this is a very impressive record. and that's what we judge people on. not cthat she said this one tim or that one time. >> reporter: president obama brushed aside criticism at the close of the g-20 summit sunday. >> as i examine some of the arguments that have been floated against her nomination over the last several weeks, it's pretty thin. >> reporter: he urged both democrats and republicans to vote with their conscience. confident kagan's record will speak for itself. and democrats believe they do have a strong enough majority to confirm kagan, but republicans have not ruled out the possibility of a filibuster. betty, back to you. >> tara mergener joining us live in washington. thank you. other political news today,
92-year-old senator robert byrd is in hospital in serious condition. there's still no word on what exactly is ailing byrd. byrd was first elected to the house from west virginia back in 1952. he was elected to the senate six years later. byrd is the longest serving member of congress. former vice president dick cheney could be released from george washington hospital today. cheney is 69 years old and has suffered five heart attacks. he was admitted friday and treated for fluid buildup related to his heart disease. cheney's office says his condition has improved. this morning the national weather service will try to determine if a deadly storm that ransacked a michigan campground was a tornado. the storm hit quickly last night with powerful winds and rain. the campground is located about 65 miles north of detroit. one person was killed and four injured. trailers were blown on their side. one was thrown into a pond. >> the trailer was just jumping up and down and back and forth.
my husband threw me on the floor and said, stay down. and i was just screaming. it was horrible. absolutely -- and i looked outside and people's trailers were in the water and we were praying to god nobody was in th them. >> catchers say the storm came and went in less than a minute. it looks like a tropical storm moving into the gulf of mexico will miss the massive oil leak. tropical storm alec, til alex i headed toward mexico, missing the northern gulf. it dumped heavy rain when it crossed mexico's yucatan peninsula. flooding killed four people. it may reach hurricane force as it heads toward mexico's eastern coast. it's been 70 days since the oil rig explosion. yesterday for the first time large blobs of oil washed ashore on the mississippi coast, about ten miles east of biloxi. haley barbour is calling for more federal resources to aid in those clean-up efforts. in the long term the oil spill
is threatening a way of life. some area boat owners say they are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to clean-up operation. kelly cobiella reports. >> reporter: captain craig has not had a charter fishing customer for two months, ever since the oil spill put an end to fishing in the waters off grand isle, louisiana. he applied to work for bp three weeks ago. what happened? >> no response. >> reporter: yet every day on the water, he sees this. boats from out of state busy protecting his backyard. where y'all from? >> florida. >> reporter: from florida? this boat is from bradenton, florida, near tampa bay. oil is more than 200 miles from that shore. how's the situation down there. is there any work? >> i don't know. haven't been there. >> reporter: this boat is from beaumont, texas. >> i just do my yob. >> reporter: across the gulf bp says it's hired 3,200 private vessels, their captain and crew to help clean and protect the
gulf. it's called vessels of opportunity, designed to give out of work fisherman the job. the boat owner makes anywhere from $1200 to $3,000 a day depending on boat size and $200 for every person on board, yet captains from louisiana to alabama complain out of state opportunists are taking advantage. >> it's not fair, you know. they've not been affected by the oil spill. >> reporter: bp says in the chaos of the first few weeks they hired as many boats as they could find. >> we need to get local boats out on the local waters and we're trying to take steps to do that. >> reporter: alabama shrimper brian got a call from bp saturday. craig is still waiting. >> they took our livelihood away from us. they could have called us, at least give us the opportunity to say yes or no. and we different get that. >> reporter: bp says in the first few weeks they hired some recreational boaters, people without commercial licenses. bp is now in the process of
weeding them out and giving those jobs to commercial fishermen who earn their living on the water. kelly cobiella, cbs news, grand isle, louisiana. the fbi has joined the search for a missing american hiker in nepal. aubrey from colorado has not been seen or heard from april 20th. in may her father discovered her laptop at a hotel. she had been backpacking through southeast asia for the past six months. it's believed she had been hiking in a national park. abby sunderland, the 16-year-old who tried to sail around the world on her own is headed home to california. she left a french island. she was rescued at sea two weeks ago. her attempt to sail around the world ended when the mast on her ship snapped off during a storm. just ahead on the "cbs morning news," the big winners at the daytime emmy awards. plus, turmoil in toronto. hundreds of protesters clash with police at the g-20 summit. you're watching the "cbs morning
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take a look at that. high above san francisco, a new guiness record. her new record is just over four hours, beating the previous one by 38 minutes. what a view she must have had. leaders of the g-20 nations have wrapped up their meeting in toronto with a pledge to cut deficits, but violent protests and hundreds of arrests overshadowed the summit of wealthy and emerging economies. terrelle brown reports. >> reporter: a wall of police pushed back and fired tear gas at angry demonstrators on the streets of toronto. in two days, more than 500 people have been arrested near the site of the economic summit. some for ransacking downtown
stores and destroying police cars. but many claim the police are overreacting. >> we are people, how about you? >> reporter: despite the chaos outside, the leaders from 20 industrial and developing nations ended their economic summit with a pledge to cut deficit spending in half in three years. >> the g-20 still has a lot to do to fully entrench the global recovery but these are important steps guard. >> reporter: president obama urged leaders not to cut spending too quickly, fearing the economic recovery gained in recent months could quickly be lost. but the president said the summit produced important progress. >> we can bridge our differences. we can coordinate our approaches. and we can continue our relentless focus on durable growth that puts our people to work. >> reporter: even before the summit, president obama says he intended to slash deficit spending in half by 2012. gop critics on capitol hill say the obama administration has yet
to put forward a credible plan to do that. on the "cbs moneywatch" stocks in asia were mixed this morning. ashley morrison is in new york with the latest on that. good morning. >> good morning to you, betty. asian markets were flat this morning. japan's nikkei finished lower half a percent while hong kong's hang seng was mostly higher. today wall street gets the may personal income and spending report. last week was a rough one for the market. the dow lost 3%, while the nasdaq almost 4%. financial reform legislation should hit the president's desk by july 4th. lawmakers reached a deal on friday that puts limits on some risky trading activities, forces large failing firms to liquidate and creates a consumer protection bureau. many worry the bill totally ignores fannie mae and freddie mac, two huge mortgage companies who demise led to massive taxpayer bailouts. gas prices have done a 180 after dropping for months. they're now up a nickel in the past couple weeks to a nationwide average of $2.76 for a gallon of regular.
still, analysts don't expect a major run-up in the months ahead. the internet will soon have an official red light district.xxx. details have to be worked out but the california company that oversees the internet has agreed to create the new suffix to identify porn sites. the new dot-xxx will join dot.com, dot-com and dot-ede. a set of marlin monroe's chest x-rays sold for $45,000 while a chair from her last photo shoot sold for about $35,000. another great weekend for "toy story 3," holding onto the top spot at the box office taking in $59 million. it's now raked in about $226 million in just two weeks. adam sandler's "grown up" debuted at second.
betty, i have to say, i was supposed to go see "toy story 3" this week en, however it was so hopping at the playground, my 5-year-old told me, i'll take you next weekend, mom. >> that's great. i'm puzzled about the chest x-rays of marilyn monroe going for $45,000. what do do you with that? >> i have no idea. at least the chair you can sit on, right? $35,000 for a chair, but $45,000 for chest x-rays? >> people will buy anything. ashley, appreciate it, joining us live here in new york. an emotional farewell at daytime emmy awards in las vegas. michael park of requests at the world turns" along with maura west were named outstanding lead act tress and actor. west brought her daughter on stage to celebrate. the show is going off air in september after more than 50 years. straight ahead, your monday morning weather. and in sports, getting up close and personal at the world cup. it's pain relief without the pills. no pills, no pain. how can you get pain relief
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scattered storms are possible in southeast. it's cloudy and cool in the northwest. and sunny and hot in the southwest. in sports, this round of interleague play in major league baseball is over. it ended last night as the yankees' robinson cano hit a two-run homer in the tenth inning and new york came from behind to beat the dodgers 8-6. in san francisco, boston's david ortiz blasted a home run out of the park. and into mccovey cove. and the red sox beat the giants 5-1. in world cup soccer in south africa, germany handed england its most lopsided defeat ever in the world cup, beating the english 4-1. germans will now play argentina in the quarterfinals. and argentina advanced to the match by beating mexico 3-1, coached by deigo maradono leading the tournament with scoring with ten goals. at one point during the celebration the kam ro got -- do
you see that? a little too close. ouch. that may leave a mark. another look at this morning's top stories. taking the helm, the problems general petraeus will face in afghanistan. i'm darryl willis. i oversee bp's claims process on the gulf coast. bp has got to make things right and that's why we're here. we're replacing the lost income for fishermen, small businessmen and others who aren't able to work until the spill is cleaned up. we've agreed to create a $20 billion claims fund, administered independently. our claims line is open 24 hours a day. i volunteered for this assignment because this is my home. i'll be here in the gulf as long as it takes to make this right.
on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. strong and severe thunderstorms are expected in parts of the northeast and southeast. and in the northern plains and the northwest, it is quiet with a mix of sun and clouds. here's another look at today's top stories. it appears that tropical storm alex won't be a threat to oil spill clean-up operations in the gulf. alex is moving across the southern part of the gulf, headed towards the east coast of mexico. and elana kagan begins her senate confirmation hearings today. kagan, current solicitor general, is president obama's second nominee to the supreme court.
confirmation hearings for general david petraeus begin tomorrow. petraeus is taking over as top u.s. commander in afghanistan after the president fired general stanley mcchrystal. june has been the deadliest month in the war for nato troops in afghanistan. lara logan reports everyone agrees the momentum is still with the taliban but also agreement general david petraeus is america's best hope. the problem for general petraeus is he inhairs a war america's top leaders admit isn't going well. president obama's strategy is under fire from those in his own party who want the war to end. while the deadline for withdrawal next summer is under constant attack from the right. >> so, it was purely a political decision, not one based on facts on the ground, not based on military strategy. >> reporter: senator carl levin defended the deadline on cbs's "face the nation". >> that deadline was set with the support of the military.
>> reporter: many on the ground in afghanistan believe the deadline is fueling talk of reconciliation between karzai government and taliban. an idea that's been growing in popularity amongst those in washington eager to be free of the afghan burden. but the cia's top man was skeptical of any deal with the taliban. >> we have seen no evidence that they are truly interested in reconciliation. where they would surrender their arms, where they would denounce al qaeda. >> reporter: panetta also said al qaeda operatives aren't in afghanistan, but across the border in pakistan. that's one of the toughest issues facing general petraeus, how to win in afghanistan when your enemy still enjoys safe haven in pakistan. lara logan, cbs news, washington. this morning on "the early show," an exclusive interview with osama bin laden hunter gary faulkner. i'm betty nguyen. in is the "cbs morning news." growers up here in maine
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oil spill in the gulf. the are coverry chief will begin a five day tour of the region. in mississippi where more oil washed ashore additional skimming boats are expected to arrive. a reminder, metro fares are higher than you last remember. peak rail fares increased to 1.95 bus trips $1.50 for smartrich users. >> get the smart card. >> yeah. can we buy a forecast less humid and sticky? >> not today. little tomorrow. wednesday i will be the your best friend. we had record heat yesterday 9. today will be the record and the 17th time this month we hit the record. i think we will break it
tomorrow. showers in ohio, west virginia and kentucky ahead of a front. some of that action later this evening. and look at how stupid warm it is at this hour. >> stupid warm. >> it is 83 at 4:00 in the morning. that is stupid warm from my perspective. we need to be cooler than that and we will be but right now a stupid toasty warm morning. could be strong thunderstorms this afternoon. >> we are not the only ones that are stupid. i went to south carolina and it was stupid warm out there, too but felt the same in dc, very unlikely. talking about the traffic we have not too many things going on. at the outer loop, one accident is taking away the right lane. volume is light in this area. 66, let's move it outside. okay is how you are feeling through manassas to inside the beltway. maryland we never forget about you. you are moving well. we look at 270. construction is southbound at
route 28 andrea? >> this weekend, despite the heat a number of neighbors ventured outdoors to take part in a variety of weekend festivals. we have more on how people dealt with the weather. >> reporter: it is sizzling and we're not just talking an the barbecue battle or the frying egg rolls at the folk life festival. >> wicked hot. it's wicked hot. >> reporter: dc fire and ems received dozens of heat-related emergencies this week weekend. at the caribbean festival there were 72 calls with half of them transported to the hospital on saturday because of the scorching heat. event planners prepared for the dangerous temperatures days ago for the barbecue battle on the mall. they parked air conditioned buss. >> came over and cooled down a few minutes and shoot back down the road. >> set up misting centers. >> real good. >> great for shade. >> and handed out fans. >> wartimes methods if you
don't plan for extreme sun people get sick. >> reporter: one of the most important thing to to have is water. here they have tens of thousands of bottles of it. >> you have to take the weather very seriously because as you know you can get extremely sick. sunstroke, sun poisoning on the skin. >> as the day goes on it gets worse. >> reporter: more people will be trying to beat the heat by feeling a shock of cool air and then there are always some who will face the elements head on. on the national mall. surae chinn, 9 news now. from the first local station with news in high definition, this is 9 news now. good morning. welcome to 9 news now. today is monday, june 28th. i'm andrea roane. >> howard bernstein is here with weather. angie goff has the traffic. we gin with howard. the sunshine yellow tie. are we going to see a lot of sunshine and heat